2014-02-01. Tunisia embeds protection of climate in new constitution.

posted Feb 4, 2014, 11:45 AM by Alan Gould

For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: Tunisia, the starting place for the massive protests three years ago that came to be known as the Arab Spring, did something remarkable this week: it embedded climate change into its constitution. The constitution, praised as one of the most progressive in the region, now obliges the state to “contribute to the protection of the climate … for future generations.” ...Tunisia ... has not only given its citizens the right to ask their government to deal with climate change — it has also “elevated the concept (of climate change) to one of an international law.” ...it could ...eventually allow bodies like the International Court of Justice to act on complaints that one country is causing harm to another by not abating its emissions.” ...Tunisia is the third country to include climate change in its constitution: Ecuador and Dominican Republic are the others....  http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/02/01/tunisia_embeds_protection_of_climate_in_new_constitution.html. Hassene Dridi, Associated Press (article in Toronto Star).